There are many things that can undermine or leave our faith or trust in God weak and fragile. One of these things is when we experience difficulties, persecution or challenges and trials. The nation of Israel had been exposed to many difficulties as they were kept in bondage in Egypt.
James 1:2-4 Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy, for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow. So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete.